Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 492: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Day 2020 🎄

We spent most of the day speaking with our families!

We spoke with Curtis’ family at 10:00, then we had some breakfast afterwards. We had croissants with strawberries.

Once we were done with breakfast and exchanging our gifts, we spoke with Kim’s family including her great auntie Linda, which was really nice, too!

After that, we got engrossed in playing Minecraft and then eventually peeled ourselves away to have dinner.

We had the usual for Christmas dinner, as you’d expect, but vegetables only!

After dinner, we watched Last Christmas and then just chilled out for the rest of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 491: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Eve Nap

Final Work Day

Curtis had to work until 15:00 today. There was not a huge amount to do, but he did have an onboard and a few tickets to get done, as well as some admin and a little bit of project work.

Kim went out to get lunch today. We had Lebanese wraps and they were very delicious!

Curtis worked for a further 30 minutes whilst Kim went out to the shops to get a few things.

Once Kim got back, we went out for a walk and it was quite cold, but we got a hot chocolate, which was warming!

We got home from our walk and we were cold, so we thought we would get in bed to warm up…Then we had a nap by accident! We did feel better after that, though.

We then looked at some work permit information to see what we can do for Kim on that side of things, as some things changed a little bit from how we thought it would work.

After that we watched the film Happiest Season and then had some cheese and wine for dinner! Kim listened to Christmas music whilst she got this together which she was happy about.

We chilled for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 487: Vancouver, BC – Coast Guard Santa

We woke up around 11:00 today, had some cinnamon buns for breakfast and then, once we were ready, we went out for a walk.

The weather was much better today, and actually quite pleasant, so we had a nice long walk.

We walked to Stanley Park again, coffee in hand, and just had a nice long walk and chat.

Whilst we were walking back towards home, we heard loud Christmas music, as well as some loud engine sounds. We were confused, but then out at sea we saw a coast guard boat/hovercraft with someone dressed as Santa on top.

Very random, but fun!

We walked back home and relaxed, then Kim made African-Style stew which was similar to the previous one she made and it was delicious!

We watched some TV, relaxed and headed to bed at a decent time.

Kim has just a dayabd a half of work this week, and Curtis has 4 days.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 484: Vancouver, BC – Holiday Quiz & Overall Great Day!

Curtis’ Day

Luckily, Curtis didn’t have to be up early today.

He had his first meeting at 09:30 and then was in meetings all day, again as it was team ‘retreat’ day 2.

He learned a lot of work related things but also some other things, such as information about Table Tennis as one of his colleagues. plays it.

At the end of the day, Curtis had a bit of time to get tickets done.

Kim’s Day

When Kim eventually found parking she went into the office and set up for the day double checking the quizzes and getting a few smaller administrative tasks done. Then she joined a meeting with the execs to discuss the candidates for the role Kim has been hiring for and great things came from this conversation! Kim also took the meeting to the facilities project to propose and alternative approach to something that had been decided earlier in the week. It was very well received and Kim has been given the green light to start that process and see where it goes, which is so exciting!

Between that meeting and hosting the winter party Kim called a few people to give them updates on their applications, both were lovely phone calls that are very exciting for the company and those individuals!

For the early afternoon Kim hosted the winter party! It was a two round quiz followed by some flexible time for easy games. The timings went out the window straight away and the 15 minute beginning hang out lasted for 30 minutes, but it was fun ans easy going. Both quiz rounds went so well and after the quiz a few people hung back to also play two rounds of Skribbl which was so funny!

After the party a few people joined another call to exchange virtual gifts! So they all purchased an egift card for someone else. Except that Kim was given a physical gift as her name was allocated to her colleague and she got a couple of hot chocolates and two chocolate bars! It was so thoughtful and sweet!

In the afternoon Kim called another candidate to discuss their application and that went so well. She followed the conversation up with an email before making a list for Friday and doing a few other smaller tasks!

Today was a really great day with a lot of wins and smiles, Kim had a lot of fun!

Evening

Once Kim got home, we had some chicken and rice for dinner, watched TV and played games. A pretty standard evening.

We can’t believe it’s Friday tomorrow, already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 479: Vancouver – BC – A Little Christmas Shopping

We woke up at a fairly decent time na shad some cinnamon buns for breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ourselves ready and went out for a walk. We had sunshine today which was wonderful, though it was still cold.

We got ourselves a coffee and then walked to the beach.

We left the beach and headed back towards home, but we stopped in at a few stores to find some Christmas presents. The first bit of ‘proper’ Christmas shopping this year.

Unfortunately, we didn’t find what we were looking for, so we left and went back home.

We got back home and relaxed for a bit and watched a bit of TV.

We then started to get hungry, so we went to the supermarket to get the food for the week.

We got back home and had a very easy dinner and watched some quick TV.

After that, we watched The Queen’s Gambit again, which we are really enjoying, and then watched some other TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 458: Vancouver, BC – The Start of Christmas Things

We woke up pretty late today and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast whilst watching some TV.

We got ourselves ready and then did a bunch of housework, getting some laundry done, replacing the bed sheets and some vaccuming.

We went out for a coffee late afternoon and short walk, as far away from people as we could.

We got back home and played some games and then we went out to the supermarket in the evening to get our weekly shop.

The shop was quite large, but we have some really nice meals planned for the week!

We got home and made some potato and chicken with BBQ sauce and cheese along with a side salad and garlic bread. A big mix of random stuff but pretty tasty!

We then watched a Christmas film (kinda) called Holidate and then a Christmas TV show based in Norway and in Norwegian, which was most of the reason we are watching it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 133: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Day 2019

The Breakfast

Kim went out at 06:00 to go and feed the cats, but came back and went back to bed.

We had the breakfast that Curtis’ family used to have at Christmas, which is pastries and strawberries!

Curtis had some coffee and that was the breakfast done!

The Families

We spoke with Kim’s family after breakfast, which was really nice! Kim opened her presents from her sister, which were some thermals and some items from Lush! Curtis got a thermos, which is orange, his favourite colour!

We then spoke with Curtis’ family and it was really nice as we haven’t spoken to them in a long while.

The Gavin & Stacey

We watched Gavin & Stacey’s Christmas special and it was excellent…exactly what we wanted to be and it’s setup to have more episodes, which we REALLY want!

Whilst we watched this, we had some cheese as a snack.

The Presents

We opened the rest of our presents from each other after watching the TV show.

Curtis got some whiskey and some cocktail mixes, which are things Curtis loves! He also got a hat and a jumper, but he did know of these before Christmas.

Kim got a small LED alarm clock for the bedroom as Kim wanted one that wasn’t too light but was bright enough to see the time at night.

Kim got a new handbag and purse, but she knew about these. She also got a cheese board with a built in utensils draw with the cheese knives in! All of it is made of bamboo, too.

The Dinner

We eventually made dinner, which didn’t take that long.

It was excellent though! Kim got some pigs in blankets brought over from England by someone at work and we had those with chicken, Yorkshire puddings, potatoes, stuffing and vegetables.

After our terrific meal, we watched some TV and then watched some shows on Netflix.

We plan to do more of the same tomorrow and the rest of this evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 30: Victoria, BC – Dinner at The Empress

Breakfast

We went for breakfast at Vista 18, which we went to the previous time we were here with Linda.

The food was great as it was before. Curtis had a standard breakfast with ham, eggs and home fries, as well as some cranberry sourdough which was the best part of the breakfast!

Linda had an omelette and Kim had a waffle with chocolate and banana.

Jumanji

We finished up with breakfast and then walked down to the cinema to watch Jumanji! We wanted a simple, easy to watch film, so that was what we chose.

We had a lot of space each, too, with recliner seating.Overall, the film was funny, but not as good as the first one.

Jumanji: The Next Level

Our Rating:- 7/10

Flowers

We went to Winners for a bit for Kim to get some tops and then we went back home.

Kim went to get ‘something’ and when she came back, it was the flowers we had bought for Linda from her favourite florist!

Linda really likes these, which we are glad about.

Curtis watched hockey for a bit before we left to go to dinner.

Dinner at The Empress

We went for dinner at The Q at The Empress. The Empress is an old beautiful (expensive!) hotel here in Victoria and we had always said we should go for food sometime.

Linda had been here for food recently and said it was very good, so we absolutely agreed when she mentioned going there!

The staff were incredibly kind and hospitable, which is the first thing we noticed.We got a drink each and then perused the menu.

Kim decided on a rack of lamb whilst Curtis went for white wine braised rabbit. Linda chose the beef tenderloin.

The rabbit (above)

Kim’s rack of lamb

Our meals were all terrific. Huge flavour, richness but perfectly balanced.We had dessert, too!

Curtis and Linda had the hazelnut and chocolate tart whilst Kim had a vanilla mille-feuille.

The meal overall was a 10/10, service included!

We had another terrific day, and we ended it with some more baileys…because it Christmas!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 29: Victoria, BC – Butchart Gardens at Christmas!

Brunch

We slept in a little and got up around 09:30 to get ready.Linda had already been to the gym and back, but once we got ready we went down to a place called John’s Place, which we had seen before but not eaten at.

There are a lot of photos on the wall of many different things, from sports people to musicians to films.

It was a very unique place and somewhere where each wall is different and something interesting to talk about.We ordered our food and were glad as we were very hungry!

Curtis got eggs Benedict, Kim got waffles and Linda had a halibut burger.All of our food was delicious and helped out by the free, warm, bread we got, too!

We finished up there and were incredibly happy with our decision. The staff were wonderful and so was the food.

John’s Place | Victoria, BC

Our Rating:- 10/10

Once we left there, we went back to Linda’s place for a rest and Kim stopped off at Winners to buy some gloves…and she bought 2 pair.

Butchart Gardens

Linda had lovingly bought us some tickets to take the bus out to Butchart Gardens with her and see all of the Christmas lights on the plants and around the gardens which are meant to be really nice.

Whilst waiting for the bus, Curtis found out that his team won the hackathon! That means he wins an Oculus Rift and he was incredibly proud of his team.

We took the bus which took us around 40 minutes and once we got there, we met with Linda’s friend Dee and her husband, Steve.

It was raining, but it wasn’t too bad and didn’t spoil it at all.

We had dinner when we first got there. Curtis got a vegetable curry and Kim had a turkey dinner (again).

It was great to spend the time with Linda and we walked around looking at the terrific light displays they had.

This was much better than the one we went to in Vancouver with Linda.

Bailey’s!

We got back to Linda’s and warmed up after taking the bus back and then walking up to Linda’s.

We sat around and relaxed for a bit, but then had a Bailey’s to celebrate Christmas with Linda!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 128: Vancouver, BC – Wrapping Presents!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day dealing with auction related things.

He took quite a bit of cash from people and gave them the laptops they bought.

Curtis got some ticket work done and got started on a new project.

He was able to get some answers from Zoom finally, after the person was off sick yesterday, which was why he didn’t join the call then.

After lunch, Curtis configured the new software they were going to use and that was also when he started the new project, so he was busy but not too busy.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a fair amount of her day catching up on invoices but she did have a catch up with her colleague who has been gone for the past few weeks.

They had a great chat and went over everything that she had missed and she told Kim a little about her trip, it was great!

Kim then started to set up for the potluck and had to quickly run out to a shop to pick up some table cloths.

When she got back Kim set up the hot chocolate and Baileys station and a table for the cookie decorating. Kim then joined everyone for some lunch.

After lunch Kim had a 1:1 with her boss. Kim asked if she could head out early on Thursday to catch a bus, but then her boss said that Kim could just take the whole of Thursday off, as a thank you for the long hours on Friday for the party! It is very nice, but strange, for Kim to feel so appreciated and supported.

She then continued with invoices and spent the final part of the day clearing down from the potluck.

Wrapping Presents

We both got home and then Kim went out to pole.

Curtis watched the leafs game and during so, he had cheese and crackers for dinner.

Whilst Kim was out, Curtis wrapped her Christmas presents, so she didn’t see!

That was all done, which is great, and then Curtis just chilled.

Kim got back home and had some food whilst we watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale